Houston Texans Super Bowl LV Odds & Analysis After Draft
What a crazy ride it has been over the last few months for the Houston Texans. From AFC South champions, to blowing a 24-point lead in the divisional round to the Kansas City Chiefs, to making one of the most lopsided trades in NFL history, it’s been a tumultuous time for the Texans. Let’s take a closer look at their current NFL odds.
Houston Texans Super Bowl Odds & Analysis After Draft
In 2019, the Texans finished 10-6 and claimed the AFC South championship. With a young, exciting quarterback at the helm, one of the league’s top receivers, and some other young talent, the Texans were looking at being a perennial playoff team. And just a few months later, things have changed a lot.
Going into the 2020 season, the Houston Texans are at 50/1 to earn a berth in the 2021 Super Bowl. The downward spiral started with the playoff loss to the Chiefs, and then hit rock bottom when head coach/general manager traded star wide receiver D’Andre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for David Johnson and a draft pick. Many considered this trade to be one of the most lopsided trades in NFL history, and it wasn’t in favor of the Texans.
Heading into this year’s draft, the Texans had some huge needs. Deshaun Watson has been sacked 106 times over the past two seasons, so offensive line help was a huge need. The Texand drafted an offensive lineman in the 4th round. With their first two picks in the draft (Houston didn’t have a first round pick), they bolstered their defensive line.
In the free agent market, the Texans bolstered their defensive backfield with the signings of Eric Murray, Jaylen Watkins, Michael Thomas, and the re-signing of Vernon Hargreaves. Their biggest free agent acquisitions were the signing of wide receiver Randall Cobb from Dallas, and defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan from the Redskins. Their main free agent loss was losing top defensive tackle DJ Reader to the Bengals.
After the draft and free agency, the Houston Texans still have some questions. The wide receiver position is one of the main issues. With the trade of Hopkins leaving a huge hole in the receiving corps, the Texans had to replace their main offensive weapon. They signed Cobb and traded for Rams receiver Brandin Cooks. With a core group of Cooks, Will Fuller V, Kenny Stills, Cobb, and Keke Coutee, the Texans have a formidable group of receivers.
The running game has also been an issue for the Texans. Getting David Johnson in the Hopkins trade could play a huge part in getting a running game going. Johnson struggled with injuries last season, and didn’t produce up to his standards. If the offensive line can block for him, and give Watson some time in the pocket, Houston’s offense could put up some points.
Defensively, the Texans should have a stout unit. They have re-tooled their defensive line, and added depth to their secondary. With a good linebacking unit, the Texans have the ability to make it tough for the opposition to score.
The AFC South will be a tough division. The Colts signed Phillip Rivers, and the Titans are coming off of a strong playoff run. Right now, it looks like the Texans are the third best team in the division. They’ll need a lot of things to go their way to get back into the playoff picture.